TechNet Magazine: July 2010

ff817047(v=msdn.10).md Editor’s Note: It Can Be Easy Being Green

By Lafe Low

Contrary to what Kermit says (you know you get that reference), it can be easy being green, and you can do so without going overboard with spending or crazy new initiatives that otherwise wouldn’t make sense if they weren’t considered part of the green spectrum. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to reduce your carbon footprint. You don’t have to completely rearrange your IT infrastructure. You can simply continue to do some of the things you were already doing to save money. Read more…



Windows PowerShell: Getting Transactional
By Don Jones

PowerShell v2 can now support transactional operations, but there is a hierarchy to how it works.


Windows Confidential: Beware the Balloon
By Raymond Chen

When it came to the initial balloon tip in Windows Explorer, it was better not to jump at the first opportunity.


Geek of All Trades: Patching Dormant VMs
By Greg Shields

Using the Microsoft Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool to patch dormant VMs is a good way to ensure they’re ready to go live, and avoid any problems with out-of-date patches


Toolbox: New Products for IT Professionals
By Greg Steen

Manage Windows systems with the power of Windows PowerShell, schedule and run backups, and test Linux apps with this month’s collection of tools.


The Business of IT: 7 Steps to Improving the IT Professional Image
By Romi Mahajan

Feeling underappreciated? Not understood? Follow these seven simple steps to give your image a much-needed makeover.


The Cable Guy: Connecting to Wireless Networks with Windows 7
By Joseph Davies

Upgrading to Office 2010 can be a big deal.This tool can help ease the process with customized installations.

SQL Q&A: Shrinking, Growing and Redesigning Databases
By Paul S. Randal

SQL databases come in all shapes and sizes and schemas. This month, our SQL expert helps with condensing, growing and redesigning databases.


Utility Spotlight: Configure Office 2010 with the Office Customization Tool
By Lance Whitney

Upgrading to Office 2010 can be a big deal. This tool can help ease the process with customized installations.